Five notable performances from area high school athletes over the past week and five events to keep an eye on over the next seven days.
- Rachel Van Beek, Janesville Parker volleyball—Van Beek has been the Vikings’ top hitter early on this season. She had a team-high 13 kills Thursday when Parker swept crosstown rival Janesville Craig. She also had 10 on Tuesday in a four-set loss at Verona.
- Sulley Geske, Evansville football—Opponents know Geske well by now, but they still cannot seem to stop him. The senior receiver entered Friday with 12 caches for 190 yards and three touchdowns in three games, and he added to those stats in a big way with five catches for 100 yards and three scores in a 51-35 win at Beloit Turner.
- Madelynn McIntyre, Brodhead/Juda cross country—McIntyre picked up another victory this week, this time at the Ladish Invite at East Troy on Thursday. McIntrye covered 5,000 meters in 20:14.3, winning by more than 40 seconds.
- Luke Hessenauer, Milton football—The Red Hawks’ defense has been crucial to the team’s 4-0 start to the season, and no victory was bigger than Friday’s 27-20 win at Monona Grove. Hessenauer led the defensive effort, including picking up a sack during a late-game drive that began in the Red Hawks’ red zone.
- Grant DuMez, Lake Geneva Badger football—The senior made an impact on both sides of the ball in a 35-13 victory over Elkhorn on Friday. DuMez had the first of the Badgers’ three interceptions on defense. On offense, he rushed for three touchdowns.
What to watch for
- East Troy at Evansville, football, 7 p.m., Friday—It’s only Week 5, but this game would appear to be the toughest game left on the Blue Devils’ schedule.
- Big Eight Grade Level Challenge, cross country, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday—This is the first of several big meets in the city this year, including the annual Midwest Invitational and the Big Eight meet down the road. The latter will take place on this same course at Rockport Park.
- Evansville at McFarland, boys soccer, 6:45 p.m., Thursday—These two are no strangers to being in the mix for the Rock Valley Conference title.
- Burlington at Badger, football, 7 p.m., Friday—Badger’s Southern Lakes title hopes took a hit with a loss to Wilmot in Week 3, but the Badgers could put themselves right back in the discussion with a victory in this one.
- Clinton at Big Foot, football, 2 p.m., Saturday—The Chiefs (3-2) will show off their new turf field while honoring the 10-year anniversary of their state championship team.